Youth from the Alliance for Environment and Nature Conservation joined international calls to stop the project. They write that according to the plan of the energy company “Conoco Phillips” in Alaska, 95 billion liters of oil will be extracted from the ground. The promotion would cause about 280 million tons of CO2, emit methane and interfere with Alaska’s still-unspoiled nature. This goes against President Biden’s campaign promises, and would not authorize oil or gas drilling on state soil.
In response to the criticism, Biden announced yesterday that he would declare the Nevada state, which Native Americans consider sacred, a “national monument.” This would convert a largely undeveloped area into a designated conservation area. According to the White House, the classification is intended to protect public lands while honoring indigenous peoples. The Castner Range in Texas is also slated to receive protected area status. The two regions together cover an area of nearly 2,100 square kilometers. Biden also announced that he would consider designating a new marine sanctuary in the Pacific.
This news was broadcast on Deutschlandfunk on March 22, 2023.
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